A General Madness

Is there hope for the future? Not unless we relearn what we’re supposed to be fighting for. Until then, we’re just fighting to fight, bleeding to bleed.

“Not true. We know his faults. We just don’t care.
There’s bigger fish to fry, such as saving America from destruction.”

-A Trump Supporter on Twitter-

Honestly, try as I might, I can’t think of a way to deal with this statement, but it’s a statement that so begs addressing that I’m going to break my usual form and write in an informal style (and a bit stream of consciousness, so bear with me). This Tweet was in response to one I made late Thursday evening, where I shared my realization that the majority of Trump supporters I’d been arguing with were not entirely rational. This is not to suggest that all of Trump’s supporters are clinically insane, because I know many who are not, but in just the few hours of arguing on Thursday, I’d crossed wits with Trump supporters which included a 9/11 conspiracy nut, a couple of Chemtrail conspiracy nuts, an autistic teenager, and at least one white nationalist (perhaps two).

I compared this experience to practically every other day I’ve debated Trump supporters, and I realized that many, if not most, of his supporters exhibit a sort of mania when responding to criticisms of Trump. I want to be clear about what I mean, so let me preface this with a little background.  I initially was very excited, as were most Republicans, by Trump’s entry into the primary. I didn’t know much about him, other than he was a celebrity, a businessman, and fantastically wealthy. Other than that, I honestly didn’t know much else, mainly because I don’t generally waste time on celebrities.

Though I don’t watch a lot of television and had never even seen a single episode of the Apprentice, I knew his catch phrase was “You’re fired.” I have to admit, the thought of Trump walking through rows of Washington, DC bureaucrats and saying “You’re fired.” until his voice broke sent a proverbial “thrill up my leg“. I’d have paid good money to watch that. Needless to say, I paid a great deal of attention to him, because, as I said, I was excited about what he brought to the primary.

He told the truth about Islamic radicalism, the truth about illegal immigrants, the truth about sanctuary cities, the truth about a slanted main stream media, and, most importantly of all, the truth about the ridiculous politically correct nonsense that was preventing America from having a frank and honest discussion about these issues. For this alone, he deserves our gratitude. The debates, however, began to reveal something about Trump that was entirely disappointing: the straight talk and directness that I liked about Trump had nothing to do with ideology, he simply is an ill-tempered, entitled, rich lout who thinks he can do or say anything he wants, and people are obligated to let him.

This isn’t something that came all at once, I forgave him initially. The bloom came off of the rose petal by petal, his distemperate statements piling one upon another. I was more than a little disappointed by his unprofessional attacks on Rand Paul’s standing in the polls, but then he took it a step further and insulted Rand’s appearance. He made repeated ridiculous and adolescent personal attacks on Jeb Bush, John Kasich, and Carly Fiorina. The breaking point for me, however, was the leftist mainstream media style attacks on Ben Carson.

When Donald Trump attacked Ben Carson for something that happened when he was a boy, much like we saw the mainstream media do to Mitt Romney in regards to a hair cutting incident from fifty years ago, that was the last straw.

“What I do have a problem with is being lied about.”
-Ben Carson-

It wasn’t just Trump’s ridiculous personal behavior that offended me. Trump was able to skate for most of the first three debates, because the moderators hit Trump with just stupid and foolish questions regarding his inflammatory public statements, which walked right into Trump’s narrative about a biased leftist media. It really wasn’t until the fourth debate (Fox Business Nov. 10, 2015) that Trump was forced to answer actually substantive policy questions.

He failed miserably. His answers were vague, rambling, incoherent, when he bothered to try to answer at all. Most of his responses consisted of bragging about who would take his calls then droning on about how America never wins, then he’d sprinkle in “Make America Great Again“, usually multiple times. It never got any better. In all of his rambling answers, there was never any real substance. Every debate, it was the same thing, personal attacks, appeals to his authority, appeals to emotion, and then his slogan. Week after week. Month after month. Coupled with his malicious slander of Ben Carson, I had enough of Trump for a lifetime.

Not only because he was and remains a distemperate jerk, but because he had gone more than six months into the presidential primary season without even a glimmer of a conservative ideology. How could a man go six months and not bother to learn anything about any position, worse, repeatedly come down on the wrong side practically every time? It was obvious to me that Trump was not only not “the guy“, he was exactly the opposite of “the guy“. What shocked me most, however, was that so many people remained (and remain) loyal to him.

“Jeb doesn’t really believe I’m unhinged.
He said that very simply because he has failed in this campaign.
It’s been a total disaster; nobody cares, and,
frankly, I’m the most solid person up here.
I’ve built a tremendous company,
and all I want to do is make America great again.
I don’t want our country to be taken away from us,
and that’s what’s happening.
The policies that we’ve suffered under other presidents
have been a disaster for our country.
We want to make America great again.
And Jeb, in all fairness, he doesn’t believe that.”

-Donald J. Trump-

The first time I tried to discuss Trump’s policies with a devoted Trump supporter was late November. By now, I could barely stand to listen to Trump’s answers in debates, and his campaign speeches were so much rambling nonsense to me. He’d finally (after literally every other candidate had done so) started to put up some semblance of a political platform, but even then, I had to refer to third party websites to find most of his political statements. Even today, Trump’s campaign websites is incomprehensibly light on policy details.

I asked a pretty vocal conservative, one who we’d had previous experience debating leftists on Twitter, why Trump’s foreign trade policy was identical to Bernie Sander’s (both candidates are vocal proponents of tariffs and harsh trade stances with China and Mexico)? What was her response? She called me a leftist, a traitor, and blocked me. All of her friends, also “conservatives”, attacked not only my patriotism, but my intelligence, my sanity, called me a socialist, then blocked me.

That’s been basically the pattern for practically every debate I’ve had with Trump supporters for months. No matter whether I came at them soft or aggressive, any questioning at all of Trump was met with open hostility, vicious denial, angry deflection, gross defamation, and then a block. I’ve changed tactics, tried moderating my points, but week after week, it’s been the same response.

The worst thing is, of course, I could link a video of Trump specifically saying that he held a particular position (for Universal Healthcare or for the United States Bureau of Land Management holding what should be state lands), and Trump supporters would deny that Trump ever made these statements, even when presented with video evidence of Trump making exactly those statements! That’s not just simple ideological disagreement. That’s straight up insanity!

The very few that would not instantly block me when presented with evidence that Trump openly supported leftist big government policies would either rationalize his position or, worse, point to a later statement from Trump, where he espoused exactly the opposite political position. In case after case, it was irrelevant to his supporters that Trump’s initial gut reaction to every political problem was “the government should take care of that“. If I tried to move on to another topic to try to demonstrate that this was a pattern with Trump, the supporter devolved into shrieking denial, deflection, defamation, and then a block.

Every. Single. Time.

“Mad Hatter: “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”
“Have you guessed the riddle yet?” the Hatter said, turning to Alice again.
“No, I give it up,” Alice replied: “What’s the answer?”
“I haven’t the slightest idea,” said the Hatter”
-Lewis Carroll-

All of this finally brings me back to the tweet above (yeah, try being in my head for an hour). After months of changing my methods and moderating points, I’ve finally been able to get to the point where Trump supporters (#Trumpkins) actually admit that they know that Trump is “wrong on the issues“, though they are unwilling to discuss the sheer number of issues he’s wrong on, but, regardless, they “don’t care“.

I have to ask, is this the mentality that second time Obama voters used to rationalize their vote? They knew he was wrong on the issues and his policies hadn’t worked, but they were going to vote for him anyways, because… he wasn’t the other guy? Is that where we are in America? Is the devil that we know the only requirement we have for the highest political office in the land? Are we seriously somehow missing the point that we’re still voting for a devil?

This is not the plan the Founding Fathers provided for us. America suffers from a general madness, where two sides have imagined themselves into intractable foes, tearing relentlessly at the other, without any thought of the future. The sides have abandoned all pretense of ideals or philosophy and wield bitter knives of slogans and gibbering rhetoric.

Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?”
He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?”
Genesis 4:9

Is there hope for the future? Not unless we relearn what we’re supposed to be fighting for. Until then, we’re just fighting to fight, bleeding to bleed.

Please watch and reflect on this video: “Paths of Hate” by Damian Nenow.

Pray for our future, because we simply cannot go on like this. We just can’t.

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The Price of Tea in China

True patriots understand that economic liberty requires economic self sufficiency. If we turn to the government to solve our problems, we must violate our principles of Liberty and conservatism to do so.

The state of American manufacturing has become a major issue in this political season, resonating with voters after eight years of serious declines in labor participation and opportunity that now effect people all across the nation. The continuing decline of the American economy (both as it is perceived as well as its very real socioeconomic impacts) have energized the people this election in a way that could result in major but troubling changes.

We have five major candidates, all but one offering very different ideological solutions without much in the way of actual difference. Bernie Sanders promises his wild eyed supporters naked western socialism, including more government, massive state reforms, more government, subsidization of education and industry the likes of which the United States has never seen nor can afford, and more government. Both Hillary Clinton and John Kasich, despite being from two different parties, offer the same center left sociopolitical interventionism that has been bleeding the American economy for the last twenty years. All of these candidates are pushing policies that suffer from the same ultimate problem. Half of the country cannot produce enough excess productivity to pay for the entire other half of the country. It is literally not possible.

Then we have Donald J. Trump, a self proclaimed captain of industry, billionaire playboy of uncertain virtue, whose personal claims about his personal wealth vary wildly based on the time of day and who you ask. It is, however, his pedigree of being “really rich” that he has staked his political claims on, and the American public has, at least 37% of it, bought into his claim. While he has expressed his belief in “free trade“, he clearly believes government has a role in influencing American education, health care, and industry. It is his protectionist and nationalist positions on trade and industry that most connects with his devoted supporters. These positions are also the most troubling aspect of his potential candidacy.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
-George Santayana-

On April 27th, 1773, the British Parliament passed possibly the most (and only) infamous government act regarding tea in the history of the world. The rather bluntly titled “Tea Act” was passed to financially shore up the East India Company’s weakening financial position. Being one of the most powerful and extensive companies in history, “The Company” was something of a symbol of Britain’s economic dominance in the world, being deeply tied to British foreign and trade policy, and dominating trade lanes around the world. From Boston to Beijing, the East India Company was, in many ways, the first “too big to fail” corporation.

Even as powerful as the Company was, it was not immune to the laws of the market. The Company habitually fell into financial hardships and, in 1773, found itself with huge surpluses of tea. At the root of the problem were foreign competitors, most prominently the Dutch, undercutting British tea prices in the colonies. Since the tea sold by the Dutch was as good as that provided by the British, the colonists unsurprisingly chose the less expensive Dutch tea, which was smuggled into the colonies in huge amounts in open defiance of the unpopular “Townshend Acts“. Being patriotic British nationalists, the British Parliament passed protectionist measures that eliminated duties owed on teas from England or shipped directly to the North American colonies (from British colonies of origin).

This effectively reduced the overall price of British tea in the colonies, compared to its competitors. The British believed that the American colonists couldn’t possibly find complaint with paying lower prices for British tea. The American reaction to the Tea Act and Parliament’s attempt to pick winners over losers is a matter of American history. How ironic it is, then, that today so many who claim to be patriots are supporting a candidate with a government policy not unlike that which helped spark the American Revolution over two centuries ago.

A traitor is everyone who does not agree with me.”
-King George III-

Now that American manufacturing finds itself struggling on an international stage much the same way as the East India Company did, for many of the same reasons. The leading GOP candidate blusters about solving all of our myriad problems by placing tariffs on foreign manufactured goods, thus making American goods more competitive with foreign made goods. This would, by Trump’s rather simplistic calculus, bring American jobs back to America. Unfortunately for Trump and his many wild eyed supporters, this tariff solution is no more plausible when it is proposed by Trump than it is by Bernie Sanders (who, yes, also suggests a tariff, for exactly the same bad reasoning).

Three facts should be painfully clear to anyone who takes a deep breath:

  • Forcing Americans to pay higher prices on goods coming into our nation does not actually make American goods any more affordable. So Americans are harmed economically.
  • Artificially making American products more competitive in the United States does nothing to make them any more competitive anywhere else in the world and generally instigates retaliation which harms everyone. So American manufacturers are harmed economically.
  • And artificially inflating the price of goods coming into the United States does not make it any less inexpensive to make them somewhere else in the world. So the very problem Trump and Sanders both intend to solve is left conspicuously unsolved.

The failure of American companies to compete on the global market is a complex issue and one that populists candidates like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders will make a lot of political hay over. Their largely uneducated, working class supporters will respond to these infeasible economic plans with loud applause, no matter how much anyone tries to point out how certain these economic plans are to fail. Though regulation and taxation can have tangential effects on the production decision, the primary reason American manufacturers have moved to international markets has little to do with either environmental regulations or corporate tax rates.

The number one reason that something is made anywhere else in the world other than the United States is exactly the same reason that Dutch tea prices were cheaper in 1773. It was cheaper to make it. When the amount an American manufacturing worker is paid for an hour of work is five times what it costs to have a foreign manufacturing worker for a full day of work, production will not be done by the American worker. Blindly protecting American wages has always been a leftist political platform, and Americans are paying the price for tolerating socialist populist candidates, who have committed politically to devaluing American labor by making it intolerably expensive.

This is not a popular position, but popularity has never had any relevance to the truth of a statement. Incredibly, both Trump’s and Bernie’s proposed solutions would be worse than doing nothing at all, because what they propose would exacerbate an already tenuous trade position by instigating trade wars that the United States is not in a fiscal position to fight, let alone win. To save the American economy, including American manufacturing, we must take a long hard look at our misguided Minimum Wage laws and restore sanity to our fiscal policy, so the American economy can no longer be held hostage by often hostile foreign powers.

True patriots understand that economic liberty requires economic self sufficiency. If we turn to the government to solve our problems, we must violate our principles of Liberty and conservatism to do so. Make no mistake, American manufacturing is crucial to the health and stability of our nation, but it is not up to the government or its politicians, no matter how well meaning, to interfere in the fundamental freedom to contract among its citizens. If more jobs is the goal, removing laws and regulations that directly interfere with employment is where we should start. As a great man once said, “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.

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Darkest Before the Dawn

Though bleak the night may seem, we must harden ourselves for the future of America and the Constitutional Republic given to us by our Founding Fathers.

After a promising series of battles against a far superior British force, the battle tested Continental Army found itself unable to capitalize on its early gains in 1777. The British had a stranglehold on New York that would remain until the end of hostilities. This was partly because of a strong naval presence in the harbor city, but also because of a strong loyalist presence in New York. After the Continental Army had managed to dislodge the British from New Jersey in January, the British generals quickly turned their attention on Pennsylvania and the capital of the young Republic, Philadelphia.

The British hoped to inflict a serious demoralizing blow to the colonies by unseating the Continental Congress. General Washington was forced to protect the capital in a series of unfavorable battles. While his army was growing in experience, it was plagued by poor logistical support. Many of his soldiers were dressed in rags, and as many new recruits that joined the colonial army, many experienced soldiers were deserting. Unable to maintain a well regulated fighting force, Washington was outmatched and outmaneuvered, ultimately forced into retreat.

In late September, 1777, a little over a year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the British seized Philadelphia. The taking of the capital was a blow to the morale of the Americans. Only an early winter forced an end to major military engagements and saved the revolution. The British held New York and had a foothold in Pennsylvania, but Washington took his army to Valley Forge, a few miles away, beginning the hard work of reforging the Continental Army for the battles to come.

“Associate with men of good quality if you
esteem your own reputation; for it is better
to be alone than in bad company.”

-George Washington-

The campaign for our highest office continues just as it was expected to progress. The same old goats bleat arrogantly about their victories that they knew they would get, ignore losses they should not have had, and continue to cling to power and influence that they’ve become accustomed to. Meanwhile, younger insurgent campaigns continue to try to turn the page from the far left radical policies of the Baby Boomers, and restore the principles of the founding.

Trump, the boasting billionaire, brags about taking the New York GOP primary with 524,932 votes, and his supporters merrily parrot on about how Trump will deliver the state in November. Yet they ignore the inconvenient fact that Bernie Sanders, who lost the Democratic primary in New York, brought in 763,469 votes. For the many Trump supporters lacking basic math skills, that’s more than a quarter of a million more votes than Trump received. Hillary Clinton won the Democratic New York Primary with 1,054,083 votes. That’s twice as many votes as Donald Trump alone.

What does all of this mean? It means that the likelihood of Trump delivering his “home state” to the Republicans in November is slim to none. It means Donald Trump won 89 delegates in a state overflowing with Democrats that would sooner vote for the man in the moon than any Republican, let alone Trump. It proves that there is a faction within the party that is actively trying to destroy conservatism.

“The definition of insanity is doing something over and
over again and expecting a different result.”
-American Axiom-

There are two types of people who vote for Donald Trump, and this bears out when we look at the states where Trump has won. Outside of the Atlantic corridor and New England states that haven’t gone for GOP candidates since the 1980’s, states where understanding of civics and Constitutional principles is so poor that it infects even GOP voters (not just Democrat voters) are the states where Trump resonates most. This includes demographics where leftist policies are tolerable to the state GOP voters or the voters are so uneducated they are unable to discern leftist policies when they hear them. (Many Trump supporters aren’t even aware that Trump supports subsidized high speed rail, and the minority of GOP Trump supporters that are aware of this don’t realize this is a far left political platform that even Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama have been pushing for years.)

More troubling is that of the 10 worst states for high school graduation rates, Trump has won 6 states, including most of his “southern” victories, with 3 state primaries still pending. Of the 10 worst states for Bachelor’s degree level education, Trump has won 7, with 2 state primaries yet to be held. When considering only the 7 states that are dead last nationally in both categories (high school graduation rates and holders of bachelor’s degrees), Trump runs the board, with 6 of the 7 of these states where education is nearing third world rates.

Is this to say that lack of education about basic concepts like how the government works and what the role of Congress is lending itself to Trump’s success? While “correlation isn’t necessarily causation” and there are a few other factors, ultimately, what this shows is that, once again, the GOP nomination is being determined by the same groups of uneducated partisan voters and the Rockefeller Republicans that gave us moderate candidates like George H. W. Bush, Robert Dole, George W. Bush, John McCain, and Mitt Romney. These same Rockefeller Republicans opposed Barry Goldwater in 1964 and Ronald Reagan in 1976 and 1980, and these Rockefeller Republicans oppose the candidacy of Ted Cruz today.

It has been this powerful Establishment branch of the Republican Party that has foisted the myth of “electability” as a prerequisite for the GOP nomination, turning us into a party of popularity contests, rather than principles and values. It is this branch of the Republican Party that inexplicably run a primary process that bases the number of state delegate on the population of the state, rather than the number of registered Republicans or even the likelihood the State will go for the GOP candidate in the general election.

“You get freedom by letting your enemy know that you’ll
do anything to get your freedom; then you’ll get it.

It’s the only way you’ll get it.”
-Malcolm X-

The Republican Party is diseased. It is infected by a center left Rockefeller Establishment that has made one concession after another in order to secure its continued political influence in the Congress. They have no interest in giving up their cozy and lucrative power brokering arrangement to conservatives who wish to break the whole backroom political game up. They want to keep the status quo, with rank and file Republicans blindly voting for political rhetoric rather than political principle.

After decades of leftist dogma, GOP voters are no more aware of Natural Law than Democratic voters and are just as complicit in the institutionalizing of the political Establishment class as the Democrats that they claim to oppose. Just as it was during the Revolutionary War, New York is taken and likely will remain in enemy hands until the end of the Culture War. The authoritarian left is entrenched, and our forces still lack the discipline and mettle necessary to take the left head on.

We must use the time we have to spread the message of life, liberty, and property, and etch these virtues onto the hearts of all true patriots. Though bleak the night may seem, we must harden ourselves for the future of America and the Constitutional Republic given to us by our Founding Fathers. We must not yield Pennsylvania to the corrupted leftists who have poisoned our will. There will be dawn in America, and it will be an American dawn. The sun will shine on patriot faces. The sun will glint on patriot steel. The sun will clear away the fog of war, and the battle shall be ours!

Rise, patriots! Rise! Be Brave! Be Free!

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April 15th: A Day of Infamy

From the ratification of the Constitution in 1788 until the middle of the Civil War in 1861, the federal government did not take a penny from the People.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
-That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men,
deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,-
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these
ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute
new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and
organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem
most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

-Declaration of Independence-

It is that day again. That day when the government asserts its onerous authority over the citizens of these the United States. The day that demonstrates the unwillingness of the States to protect their citizens from the grasping hand of the federal government. The citizens themselves most often complicit in this base violation of their own Right of Property. This day where millions of Americans are forced to perform a task for the United States government, unpaid, on pain of criminal prosecution to their own detriment.

If we truly believe in the Declaration of Independence, that all free people are endowed by their Creator with unalienable Rights, among these Life, Liberty, and Property (or “pursuit of Happiness”), then it is unconscionable that we remain complicit in the tyrannical imposition of government upon our very livelihoods. If the bureaucrats cannot find better way to pay for their continued employment within the agency of the State without violating the sacred Right to Property of the People, then their employment is no longer justified and likely unnecessary.

How many more generations shall we pass on this injustice to, silently, without protest or disruption? How much longer shall we accept the imposition of the State on the very livelihood of our children and our children’s children? Unless the Founding Fathers were gravely mistaken, and the Right to Property is not unalienable, then our complacency under a grand tyrannical enterprise upon the People must end.

“Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends,
than that good men should look on and do nothing.”
-John Stuart Mill-

Do the federal and State governments have the right to tax at all? Of course, they do, without such power to tax at all, government couldn’t function. Doesn’t the Constitution empower the federal government to lay taxes upon the personal incomes of the People? Certainly, it does, though this was not always the case. It also once allowed for slavery and prohibition against alcohol. This is the fine distinction that the People must remember and understand. The legality of an unconscionable evil does not mitigate the evil itself. As conservatives, we are supposed to take heed of not just the Constitution but specifically the Natural Law upon which the Constitution depends.

From the ratification of the Constitution in 1788 until the middle of the Civil War in 1861, the federal government did not take a penny from the People. Taxes were assessed on the business incomes of companies and as excise taxes upon the exchange of goods and services. From 1861 to 1866, five short years, a tax of 3% on incomes, and 5% on incomes of the very wealthy, was imposed upon the People in order to pay to save the Union. This tax, with one revision in 1862, expired in 1866. As there were vacancies on the Supreme Court and the country was locked in a Civil War, this tax was not challenged before it expired.

There was not another attempt at an income tax for almost twenty years, when finally, in 1894, the progressive Congress passed the Wilson-Gorman Tariff of 1894, which, among other things, imposed a 2% tax on the top 10% of households. This 2% tax, minuscule by today’s standards, was struck down as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1895, in the case of Pollock v. Farmers’ Loan & Trust Co. It was struck down as unconstitutional, because the Constitution was framed to protect the People from exactly such tyrannical usurpation of their Right to Property.

Consider one more simple fact. In 2014, the IRS took $1,311,482,260,000 (net) from the People of the United States, yet the federal government still managed a deficit of $483.35 billion that same year. At $50,000 a year, those tax revenue dollars could have created a total of 26,229,645 good middle class jobs in the economy. Instead, those jobs were liquidated, sent to Washington, DC, to be wasted on graft and corruption. Every dollar that is taken out of the economy via taxation is one less dollar available to drive demand and becomes one more dollar to drive the power of the State.

Conservatives, patriots, and countrymen! Please understand that the Founding Fathers never intended us to be tax servants. To them, the term “tax-payer” would have been a high insult, demeaning the individual into a tool of the State, undermining the great sacrifice the American People had made liberating themselves from the English crown. They understood that while the State could make a claim to our sacred livelihoods that we were not free!

Be Brave! Be Free!

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The Cold Shower

As long as what American workers are paid is not in line with what they produce, then natural market forces are going to continue to force good manufacturing and textile jobs out of the United States, cutting off American workers from the good jobs that are necessary to allow unskilled and uneducated individuals to penetrate the middle class.

The beginnings of a great American company found its roots in eastern Pennsylvania, four years before the start of the Civil War. Through a process of haggling, financial struggles, and even a couple of name changes, the company finally opened its doors as Bethlehem Steel. For one hundred and forty years, through numerous conflicts, two World Wars, the Korean and Vietnam Eras, Bethlehem helped provide the steel that went into the mailed fist of the American military might. She made everything from I-beams to warships.

She helped changed the face of America from coast to coast, from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA to the Chrysler Building in New York City, NY. She built beautiful things, like the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, exciting things, like Madison Square Garden, and symbolic things, like the Peace Bridge. In 2001, this American monolith of manufacturing fell into bankruptcy. In 2003, Bethlehem Steel ceased to be.

The story of this great American company echoes the story of many great and storied companies across America. At one time, America was the manufacturing power of the world, employing almost 19.5 million Americans at its height in the 1970’s. Then the capitalist powerhouse, corrupted by socialist agendas, strangled by collective bargaining, and distracted by nationalist friction, suddenly found the ground ripped right out from under her. Now less than 13 million Americans work in manufacturing.


“They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with.
Some men just want to watch the world burn.”
-Alfred, Batman: The Dark Knight-

The word on every politician’s lips today is the same, regardless of their political party. They are all talking about the jobs problem in America. The middle class is shrinking relative to the upper and lower classes, and there is a lot of political pressure for someone to do something about it. There is a lot of political posturing, as various politicians from both sides have made noises as if to do something about it. This is ironic, considering many of them are responsible for the conditions that created this very problem.

Unfortunately, due largely to artificially inflating wage rates, it’s impossible to create an apples to apples comparison of the middle class in 1971 and 2014 (two years that were a subject of a Pew Research paper from December of 2015). In economic analysis, things like this are often hopelessly incongruous, and definitions, where they are even available are fairly fluid, but the basic fact that the middle class is shrinking is undeniable. The only question that many politicians and American workers conspicuously avoid asking is why?


While these numbers are alarming, but they are only half of the picture. For example, while we see the percentages plummet for middle class workers in nondurable manufacturing and durable manufacturing, in 1971 the United States had over 17 million Americans manufacturing jobs, out of 207 million Americans, representing roughly 8% of the population or 12.3% of the workforce (at 67% work force participation). In 2014, only about 12 million Americans work in manufacturing out of 317 million people, representing only 3.7% of the population or 5.6% of the workforce (at 67% work force participation). This trend is fairly consistent across production industries.

There are two different problems converging on the American middle class from the same underlying problem, but very few people are being honest about it. The American people have been sold a comfortable illusion, the product of generations of willfully uneducated workers, the politicians they elected, and labor representatives unwilling to face the economic reality that an hour of a worker’s labor will never be worth more or less than what the worker produces.

The harsh truth is that American jobs are going overseas because the rest of the world is catching up to America and Americans are being paid an artificially high rate as a result of decades of leftists in both parties pushing the myth of the minimum wage. Until Americans wake up and face this reality, American jobs will continue going overseas regardless of corporate tax rates, free trade agreements, or any other excuse the leftist Establishment has been feeding the American people for the last forty years.

One of the largest and most politically sensitive trade issues in presidential politics has been the trade imbalance with China, specifically how so much is manufactured in China now. Consider that the minimum wage in Beijing, China is $2.90 an hour. In the United States, the minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Why does it cost more than 2 times for an American laborer to sweep a floor than a Chinese laborer? There is no rational explanation for this disparity, and Americans can’t go on justifying artificially higher prices because of “‘Murica!“. We’ve only gotten away with this in the post-war period from the 1950’s through the 1980’s because the rest of the world was embroiled in so much economic turmoil.

Communism set China, India, and much of the rest of the world decades behind the United States economically and technologically. After the effective death of communism in the 1980’s, the socialist powers have adjusted their economic game plans and have made huge strides regaining much of their lost ground. Meanwhile, the United States political discourse continues as if China, Mexico, and India aren’t doing what Japan did in the late 1970’s and 1980’s, rapidly industrialize. There are over a hundred other countries waiting in the wings to do exactly the same thing.

If we compare the average manufacturing wage in the United States in March of 2016 of $20.20 an hour, at $40,660 annually, the American manufacturing workers are paid more than 5 times the annual income of their Chinese counterparts ($7,946.51). Unless American workers produce more than five times the Chinese worker with access to the same machinery and methods as their American counterparts, there’s no way for an American worker to compete on a global market.

American wages are artificially locked into place by misguided leftist minimum wage policy, preventing wages from falling so that American workers can compete in an increasingly global market. Worse, skilled American workers have become accustomed to thinking domestically, comparing themselves to other domestic workers, rather than to their actual international competitors.

American manufacturing workers correctly see themselves as being worth more than inexperienced and uneducated workers like fast food cooks, cashiers, and janitors, despite decades of the socialist progressive left trying to eradicate such class distinctions. Unfortunately for both the leftist paradigm as well as the American worker, economics doesn’t consider unrealistic ideals nor compare unrelated fields of employment. Only workers in the same industry effect economic decisions, and no amount of hand wringing, good intentions, misguided nationalism, or political social engineering is going to change that.

As long as what American workers are paid is not in line with what they produce, then natural market forces are going to continue to force good manufacturing and textile jobs out of the United States, cutting off American workers from the good jobs that are necessary to allow unskilled and uneducated individuals to penetrate the middle class. American workers can compete in the international market, what we need in America is for the political class and the American people to get out of their own way, and allow Americans to compete based on productivity and not be handicapped by price.

For a solution to this problem, check out this article: Minimum Wage: Down the Rabbit Hole.

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Economics Speed Round: April 2016

There are three big reports on the economy to talk about this month, including the latest Federal Reserve meeting which occurred in the mid-March. Let’s get straight to the latest release from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Real gross domestic product .. increased at an annual rate of 1.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to the “third” estimate…

Of interest is a further revision upward of the Q4 2015 GDP numbers, up from 1.0% to 1.4%, all the way up from 0.7% reported in January. This final Q4 revised number is down 0.7 points from 2.1% in Q4 2014 and down 2.4 points from 3.8% in Q4 2013. Discounting for wasteful federal spending (roughly 0.5% to 1.0%), adjusted growth is an abysmal 0.4%.

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs created remained steady..

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 215,000 in March, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 5.0 percent.

This is the first increase in the official unemployment number since May 2015, though the unemployment number has been slowly decreasing for some time. Comparing the jobs numbers for January, February, and March to the nonrecessionary months since 2005 (excluding data from February 2007 through January 2011), January job numbers were 24.0% below target. February and March job numbers were on target..

In March, the labor force participation rate (63.0 percent) and the employment- population ratio (59.9 percent) changed little.

Labor force participation and employment population ratios ticked upward by 0.1 points, which could account for the uptick in the official unemployment number, however..

The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (also referred to as involuntary part-time workers) was about unchanged in March at 6.1 million..

Part time employment ticked up to 6.1 million from 6.0 million in February, indicating 100,000 of the 245,000 jobs (roughly 40%) created in February (revised upward in March) were effectively part time. That means only 145,000 full time jobs were created in February.

In mid March, the Federal Reserve Board held their quarterly Federal Open Market Committee, and this puts everything into context..

[T]he Committee decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 1/4 to 1/2 percent.. The Committee is maintaining its existing policy of reinvesting principal payments from its holdings of agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities in agency mortgage-backed securities and of rolling over maturing Treasury securities at auction..

Basically, the Federal Reserve is keeping the federal funds rate at 0.25% to 0.5%, which is a stimulative rate intended to keep liquidity in the banking system. In addition to this, the Board is also continuing its policy of Quantitative Easing (stimulus). So, despite having double stimulus programs, with a core loans rate at near record lows and “debt free” money, the economy grew at an adjusted rate of only 0.4% in Q4 2015 and 40% of new jobs are part-time work.

The economy remains soft, and indications of a recession by Q3 2016 remain.

That’s the Economics Speed Round for April. Catch everyone next month.

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The Great Deception

Conservatism is conserving the principles of Natural Rights and Rule of Law (the basis of Natural Law), for the purposes of economic liberty, civil society, and self governance, via limited state power, as described in the Declaration of Independence and codified by the Constitution of the United States and its Amendments.

Some time ago, a Donald Trump supporter asked, “What makes Trump not a conservative?” The question itself demonstrates just how meaningless the term “conservative” is to too many of Trump’s supporters. If this individual understood what Conservatism meant, the answer would have been obvious. The problem is people supporting Donald Trump are doing to “conservatism” what the progressive left has done to the terms “marriage“, “gender“, and recently even “ethnicity“.

Trump’s supporters have twisted “conservatism” into meaning anything they want or need it to mean. So long as it seems to oppose the Democratic Party, political correctness, multiculturalism, etc. They freely paint the word “conservative” around their own superstitions, prejudices, and motivations, ignoring the well established practical definitions of what the ideology actually stands for. They willfully ignore what prominent proponents of conservatism, such as William F. Buckley, Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, and even Rush Limbaugh, have said about “conservatism” for 60 years now.

Conservatism is NOT an ideological contraposition of leftism, collectivism, or anything else. It is distinct from nationalism, populism, corporatism, libertarianism, anarcho-capitalism, and many other similar ideologies. Simply put, this is “conservatism“:

Conservatism is conserving the principles of Natural Rights and Rule of Law (from Natural Law), for the purposes of economic liberty, civil society, and self governance, via limited state power, as described in the Declaration of Independence and codified by the Constitution of the United States and its Amendments.

Anything else, anything less, anything more, and it isn’t “conservatism“. Though anyone is free to disagree, they will necessarily need to disregard the Declaration of Independence and abuse the letter and intent of the Constitution.

“The moment the idea is admitted into society, that property is not as
as the law of God, and that there is not a force of law and
public justice to protect it,
anarchy and tyranny commence.”
-John Adams-

Now to the original question, is Donald Trump a conservative? Let’s look at his record.

The principle of Natural Law imposes a framework of equality in which individuals may interact with each other. Our United States Constitution imposes a framework of limited, and enumerated powers in which the government may interact with its citizens. Together, these principles of equality and rationed state power are the bedrock of our society. Conservatives understand the philosophical and legal reasons for these frameworks, why they are necessary, and endeavor to defend them.

Trump has demonstrably and habitually violated these bedrock principles all through his business career.

It violates Natural Law and the original intent of the United States Constitution to attempt to deprive another individual of his or her Right to Property. As the right to property is sacred, a conservative would never resort to the power of the state to try to drive elderly widows from their homes and definitely not under the pretense of “public use“. Public parks, public roads, and public hospitals have an obvious “public use“. That’s why they are called “public“. A private parking lot, a private golf course, or a private office building obviously have no “public use“. That’s why they are called “private“. Claiming that a “private property” has a “public use” is utterly contrary to both Natural Law and the Constitution.

Trump has repeatedly attempted to violate the property rights of private citizens, including Vera Coking (Atlantic City, NJ, 1998) and Michael Forbes, et al (Belmenie, Scotland, 2009).

Moral and legal equality is at the heart of our civil society, so all men and women are moral equals to each other. This principle of civil equality is the basis for our society, our justice system, and our principles of civility. Donald Trump has a long history of hurling insults and abuse at private citizens. His insults and belittling of women, professionally and privately, are a matter of fact. Trump has supported violence at his political rallies, even going so far as to promise to cover the legal fees of any supporter that physically assaults someone protesting against Trump. During a presidential debate, he even suggested that he doesn’t have to listen to criticism, because, of all reasons, he is rich.

Trump openly rejects the principle of moral and legal equality, treating individuals who are not as wealthy as him as second class citizens, while disregarding the most basic principles of civility.

By appealing to state power, in Atlantic City, New Jersey and again in Belmenie, Scotland, Donald Trump demonstrated that he believes that the state’s authority supersedes the rights of the individual, and he believes the state should intervene in private property disputes. He has also demonstrated that he believes his wealth and political influence grant him special privilege. This philosophy has a name, and it is called authoritarianism. Trump appealed to the principle of collective benefit as a justification of his abuse of the property rights of the hundreds of families he has bullied over the years. This philosophy also has a name, and it is called collectivism. Together authoritarianism and collectivism are the two faces of the same coin: socialism.

Trump promotes socialist policies, including federalized health care programs and government subsidization of industries, in direct violation of the principles of freedom of contract and freedom of commerce.

So is Trump a conservative? Not even vaguely. It’s not even a legitimate question; it’s so ridiculous. The question, however, begs a much larger and much more troubling question. How have we come to such a state that even self described “conservatives” would defend the very violations of private property rights that caused the Founders to rebel?

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense.
Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t.
And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be.
And what it wouldn’t be, it would.
You see?”

-Alice in Wonderland-

For the greater part of the last century, the progressive left, with the aid of the predominantly center left Establishment, has been subtly redefining what it means to be American in media and education. Instead of celebrating a culture of patriotism and liberty, the media openly mocks American exceptionalism and delights in injecting collectivist propaganda in the news, movies, and television. Instead of institutions of academic and cultural excellence, our schools fester with “politically correct” thought and speech, demonizing America’s foreign interests as interventionism and imperialism, turning millions of gullible children against their own people.

The difference between objectively good and objectively evil have been abandoned in favor of moral relativism, leaving the country to spiral into a collective madness that rots away our American identity. From Locke and Rousseau, to Jefferson and Madison, to Goldwater, Buckley, and even Reagan, the American people have been cut off from their philosophical heritage by a concerted effort of the left, as they have redefined man and woman, up and down, and right and wrong into categories of exquisite meaninglessness.

Unfortunately, this deconstruction of Americanism has been so complete and so thorough, now that many self described “conservatives” are rising up against this Establishment and its openly collectivist-socialist policies, they are turning their torches to anything any everything. Removed from what “conservatism” even means, they have become worse than the barbarians they claim to be fighting against.

A “conservative” does not betray or destroy those precious ideals at the very foundation of our culture, because a “conservative” preserves life, liberty, property, and rule of law. As conservatives, we must stand together against the madness of leftism on the left and ignorance on the right. We must focus on what we stand for, not against. Stand for Jeffersonian liberalism, light the fire of liberty in your chest and retake the hearts and minds of the American People!

Long live the Republic! Be Brave! Be Free!

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